Posts Tagged ‘research digest’

Research Digest – January 2015: High Interest in ME/CFS Shown in Journal Rankings

January 23, 2015

Deciphering PEM is a critically important area of research for ME/CFS. Despite the lack of gravity and specificity a term like “post exertional malaise” signifies, research into what it is and how to measure it is some of the most important research – and most popular. The Journal of Translational Medicine ranked two articles dealing with ME/CFS among its most highly accessed for 2014. LEARN MORE…

Research Digest – December 2014: 10 Important Advances in ME/CFS

December 12, 2014

While progress is still far too slow, there have been many recent interesting and important discoveries in ME/CFS. In this year-end blog post, Dr. Vernon and Dr. Komaroff summarize what they regard as the most important recent advances in our field. READ MORE…

Deciphering Post-Exertional Malaise

November 21, 2014

On September 18, 2014, Dane B. Cook, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a Solve ME/CFS Initiative 2011 funded investigator, presented our most popular webinar of the year on the system biology approach his team is taking to provide a clear picture as to what causes post-exertional malaise. In this guest post for our blog, Dr. Cook reviews the material presented and tackles the many questions we received from webinar participants.

The Importance of a Representative Patient Population for Research

November 18, 2014

Being able to offer researchers access to ME/CFS patients with demographic and clinical characteristics that represent the full range of people affected with ME/CFS removes a significant hurdle all researchers face. With the SolveCFS BioBank™ we can make ME/CFS research more appealing and accessible. But how do we ensure our SolveCFS BioBank™ is representative of the entire patient population? READ MORE….

Research Digest – October 2014: The Search for Diagnostic Certainty

October 24, 2014

Currently ME/CFS is defined by symptoms that are common in many other medical and psychiatric diseases. A lack of specific biomarkers and clear diagnostic criteria often leads to misdiagnosis and muddied research results. In this month’s Research Digest we review three different studies that seek to identify more specific biomarkers for ME/CFS. READ MORE…

Research Digest – September 2014: Cortisol in ME/CFS

September 15, 2014

Cortisol is an essential hormone for immune function and many studies have shown that cortisol is low in ME/CFS patients – known as hypocortisolism. In this month’s research digest, we review three studies that look at the effect of cortisol on function and post-exertional malaise in ME/CFS…

Research Digest – August 2014: More Results from the SolveCFS BioBank

August 22, 2014

More results from the work being done through the SolveCFS BioBank: We are pleased to report the publication of the initial BioBank study on XMRV and the publication of the first study of epigenetics in ME/CFS. Both used the clinical information and samples from the SolveCFS BioBank that were collected in 2010. READ MORE…

Research Digest – July 2014: Define & Diagnose

July 16, 2014

In order for patients to be diagnosed, a disease must be defined. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is currently defined by excluding other medical and psychiatric diseases that explain the symptoms. This month we highlight three recent publications tackling the “core” components of ME/CFS that are important to defining and diagnosing the disease. READ MORE…

Research Digest – June 2014: Neuroinflammation in ME/CFS

June 17, 2014

Neuroimaging has been used to study the structural, functional and metabolic affects of ME/CFS on the brain in ME/CFS patients for the past 25 years. To date there are about 50 papers in the peer-reviewed biomedical literature describing these findings. This month we highlight three publications that directly demonstrate and implicate neuroinflammation in ME/CFS…

Research Digest – May 2014: Post-Exertional Malaise

May 20, 2014

Post-exertional malaise (PEM) is characteristic of ME/CFS – considered a hallmark of the disease.  Despite this hallmark status, research has not defined what PEM is or how to measure it.  Patients describe PEM as a crash that occurs following physical or mental exertion.   In […]